Which Catholic Institutions Cover Birth Control?

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Amid all the news on contraception coverage and the bishops in the past few weeks, a number of outlets have flagged individual Catholic-affiliated institutions that already provide birth control coverage. Now the National Women’s Law Center has put together a fairly comprehensive list detailing 34 universities and hospitals that over some form of coverage.

Schools like Sacred Heart University, in Connecticut, already cover “certain contraceptive and family planning services, even though not provided to treat an illness or injury.” The University of Notre Dame in Indiana covers oral contraception if it’s for the “correction of existing pathologies of the reproductive system,” but not for preventing pregnancy. And others, like Loyola University in Chicago, allow employees to use their pre-tax Flexible Spending Account to pay for “birth control items.”

As the NWLC points out, some of these schools are in states where coverage is already required by state law, while others have elected to do so even without a legal requirement. “The bottom line is a lot of Catholic institutions are already covering contraception,” said Judy Waxman, vice president of health and reproductive rights at the NWLC.

Here’s the list:

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